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Broadbent on Slughorn in Half-Blood Prince: "A Good Man, A Decent Man, but a Weak Man"

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Posted by: sue
January 09, 2009, 09:33 PM

The LA Times has posted a new feature on actor Jim Broadbent and his role in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Oscar winning actor joins the cast this year as Potions professor Horace Slughorn, and Jim Broadbent says of his character: "a good man, a decent man, but a weak man." Jim Broadbent goes on to praise the trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint ("so contained and brilliant and professional,") and also has high marks for the care and dedication to the original source material found in the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. Quotage:

"I saw the first film when it came out, and it was so brilliantly conceived," Broadbent said. "You read the book and then you see the film and every moment you think, 'That is exactly how I imagined it.' It was not absolutely faithful because you cannot be when you take it to film, but the feel and look of it was terribly meticulous. That care led to this great success. The reading audience has been satisfied with it and wanted more and gone along with it."

As released last year and just recently, you can see several high res photos of Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn here, here, here and here via our image galleries.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released July 17, 2009. Thanks Kristina!

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Interesting commentary…

Posted by givemesomeTLC on January 09, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator
Padfoot Lover

Cool. He makes a perfect Slughorn to me.

Padfoot Lover

Posted by Padfoot Lover on January 09, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator

Yes I was always happy with him being Slughorn. When I saw him I really did say “That just how I imagined him!” :)

Posted by Lorelai on January 09, 2009, 09:58 PM report to moderator

thats such a perfect description of sluggy! good insight broadbent! i always get annoyed if a cast member hasnt read the books and im glad to see the broadbent is keeping up and taking good notes :D

Posted by taylor on January 09, 2009, 10:06 PM report to moderator

I’m so glad he read the books! Three cheers for Jim Broadbent!

And he’s also got Slughorn’s character down pat… “a good man, a decent man, but a weak man.” PERFECT!

Posted by radish_earrings on January 09, 2009, 10:13 PM report to moderator

I really like his quote about Slughorn. It really sums him up in my opinion.

Posted by Christine on January 09, 2009, 10:29 PM report to moderator

Slughorn needs to be larger!

Posted by Charles on January 09, 2009, 11:36 PM report to moderator

Oh thank Merlin, this guy actually has a clue! True, I pictured Sluggy fatter, but this’ll do. Also, can’t wait to see Broadbent in “Inkheart”; the corresponding books are some of my favorite fantasy books (nothing on HP, of course)

Posted by hpboy13 on January 09, 2009, 11:53 PM report to moderator
edm oilers

what a dusty actor, gain some weight big Jimmy. I thnik Slughorn is the worst character in the books, should either be a squib or a muggle. Lets go boys hbp better be good or im gonna dummy somebody. Pretty sure it shouldnve been out already but thats no biggy eh boys. Warner Bros Licks.

Posted by edm oilers on January 10, 2009, 12:11 AM report to moderator
Eva Hedwig

“a good man, a decent man, but a weak man.”

Good discription, he’s a Slytherin after all. As Phineas says they avoid fighting if they can. But he was brave also, he decided to fight against V. face to face. That’s a big bonus point for him. He also is exellent at potion.

Posted by Eva Hedwig on January 10, 2009, 01:18 AM report to moderator

i heartily approve of this casting choice! he seems to really understand slughorn, and will play him admirably! and i love how he looks in the film. straight out of a 40’s boarding school. which is of course the last time he taught. they have the look down pat!

Posted by vomit on January 10, 2009, 01:49 AM report to moderator
Giant Fairy

I probably read a different book. Or I have an other idea of the words “good” and “decent”. He, as we have a saying here, “sells his mother with the coffin” for a comfortable place for his buttocks and a box of pineapples. He absolutely has no backbone! Remember guys, he only gave Harry the memory when Harry filled him up.And he judges people by their Paris-Hilton-Factor! But I can understand that( the much too slim Mr Broadbent )wants to be a good guy

Posted by Giant Fairy on January 10, 2009, 03:12 AM report to moderator

That’s bogus Giant Fairy.You’re only proving Broadbent right. Slughorn has indeed got no backbone and he surrounds himself with powerfull people, that’s excactly what weakness intends. But he’s not a bad person. Look at the facts, he never ever stood on the darkside. Okay, he didn’t fight it either, but that’s the weakness part again. To say that he is evil for doing nothin is like saying all the people in Germany were evil at the time of world war 2.

Posted by Redbeard on January 10, 2009, 04:00 AM report to moderator
Professor Potter

As Eva points out, lets not forget that Slughorn was given the opportunity by Prof McGonnagal the choice of taking his house to safety, staying out the way or to join her fighting. And boy did he shine, as he lead his Slithering army and fought Voldermont with Shacklebolt and Mcgonnagal side by side. It was a time of rectifying his ways. He may have been weak before but his better conscious won over him and showed a person can change his ways upon reflection and regret of the things done in the past. Another of Jo’s great complex characters.

Posted by Professor Potter on January 10, 2009, 04:03 AM report to moderator

He does not Charles.

Posted by Me on January 10, 2009, 04:28 AM report to moderator
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